Pre-Imagism[ edit ] Well-known poets of the Edwardian era of the s, such as Alfred AustinStephen Phillipsand William Watsonhad been working very much in the shadow of Tennysonproducing weak imitations of the poetry of the Victorian era. They continued to work in this vein into the early years of the 20th century. Future Nobel Prize winner William Butler Yeats was devoting much of his energy to the Abbey Theatre and writing for the stage, producing relatively little lyric poetry during this period.
It has only been since the s that this area has attracted more interest among EFL teachers. The purpose of this article is to look at some of the issues and ways in which literature can be exploited in the classroom.
There are also links to classroom activities and lessons with literature that you can download and use straight away. First of all, any method or approach towards using literature in the classroom must take as a starting point the question: The Macmillan English Dictionary gives the following definition: One broader explanation of literature says that literary texts are products that reflect different aspects of society.
Other linguists say that there is no inherent quality to a literary text that makes a literary text, rather it is the interpretation that the reader gives to the text Eagleton This brings us back to the above definition in the sense that literature is only literature if it is considered as art.
Before doing any study of a literary text with your learners, one idea would be to ask them what they think literature is. There are many good reasons for using literature in the classroom.
Here are a few: Literature is authentic material. It is good to expose learners to this source of unmodified language in the classroom because they skills they acquire in dealing with difficult or unknown language can be used outside the class.
Literary texts are often rich is multiple layers of meaning, and can be effectively mined for discussions and sharing feelings or opinions. Literature expands language awareness. Asking learners to examine sophisticated or non standard examples of language which can occur in literary texts makes them more aware of the norms of language use Widdowson, quoted by Lazar Literature educates the whole person.
By examining values in literary texts, teachers encourage learners to develop attitudes towards them. These values and attitudes relate to the world outside the classroom. Literature holds high status in many cultures and countries.
For this reason, students can feel a real sense of achievement at understanding a piece of highly respected literature.
Also, literature is often more interesting than the texts found in coursebooks. How the teacher will use a literary text depends on the model they choose.
The cultural model views a literary text as a product. This means that it is treated as a source of information about the target culture.
It is the most traditional approach, often used in university courses on literature. The cultural model will examine the social, political and historical background to a text, literary movements and genres. There is no specific language work done on a text.
This approach tends to be quite teacher-centred. The language model aims to be more learner-centred. As learners proceed through a text, they pay attention to the way language is used.
They come to grips with the meaning and increase their general awareness of English. Within this model of studying literature, the teacher can choose to focus on general grammar and vocabulary in the same way that these are presented in coursebooks for example or use stylistic analysis.
Stylistic analysis involves the close study of the linguistic features of the text to enable students to make meaningful interpretations of the text — it aims to help learners read and study literature more competently.
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A High Wind in Jamaica has 7, ratings and reviews. David said: Where has this book been all my life? I've been dreamily gazing out my window all t. For line length in 'unit poetry,' e.g. the poem 'Collision,' shown in dynamic form to the right, see the page Concrete poetry For lines and 'scale' see lines, scale and Aristotle's 'megethos' (The page, 'The poetry of Seamus Heaney: flawed success.').
When a poet writes in iambic pentameters, the length of the lines is determined by the form chosen to a significant extent.
English Literature Glossary of Literary Terms. This is a reprint from The Essentials of Literature in English PostWords in bold within the text indicate terms cross-referenced to . Apr 14, · 1. The piece here, "I, Too", is a very simplistic and subtle piece on American society.
Consisting of no more than 17 stanzas and 82 words, the piece is a brief reflection on how Langston Hughes felt African-American culture would come into being.
A Poetic Approach to Racial Equality - "I, Too Sing America" is one of many poems written by Langston Hughes that focuses on African American culture.